Google Keep Update: Read Text In Images, List Settings, Trash Can For Notes

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Google Keep received an update and brought three noteworthy features to the note taking app and a UI tweak. The first and possibly our personal favorite of the new feature is the transcribe text option. When your note consists of only a picture, such as that of a book, you can have Google Keep transcribe the text for you. This is standard OCR but it is very useful for those of us who take pictures of written instructions. Second; Google Keep has introduced a trash bin for notes and lists that you delete, Once a note is deleted, it stays in the trash bin for 7 days before being deleted permanently. You can manually empty the trash any time you want. Third we have list settings that let you decide where the next item in a list goes (relative to the last one you just added) and where checked items should be shown. These features are available on both the web and the Android app. The update is being rolled out slowly but here’s how each of the features work. Read More

HoverChat Is A Messaging App For Android With Facebook Like Floating Bubbles

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Chat bubbles introduced by Facebook have become quite popular and not because they look nice, which they do, but because they are incredibly functional as far as on-screen notifications go. Because of their popularity, lots of messaging and chat apps have incorporated similar floating bubbles. HoverChat is one such messaging app that does chat bubbles extremely well. When you receive a new message, a bubble appears on your home screen. You can tap it and view the message in a small floating window without having to switch to the app itself and reply to the message. The floating window can be moved to any one of the screen edges. Read More

Swipe Left, Right, Or From The Bottom To Access Apps & Contacts – Snype

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One of the best things I like about Android is how awesome it is at handling multiple tasks. Naturally when it comes to multitasking, it is important to have instant access to apps and  Snype – App & Contact Launcher is an extremely powerful tool for multitasking.  Snype does for Android what apps like Sidebar Plus have been doing for so long for Google’s mobile OS. Using Snype, you can simply access any app or contact on your phone any time over any other task you might be doing. Its integrated, super fast search feature allows you to quickly find contact and apps by simply typing a few letters of the word. But more than that is interesting is the fact that you can activate Snype in a multitude of ways. Read More

7 Lesser Known But Remarkable Muzei Live Wallpaper Extensions

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Not too long ago, we brought to you a different and remarkable wallpaper app for Android called Muzei. Essentially, the app is a live wallpaper that picks images from various configurable sources with customizable options that make it a charm to use, refreshing backgrounds on your smartphone or tablet at regular intervals, all packaged in a polished, elegant interface. The uniqueness of Muzei stems from the fact that it employs an open source library whereby allowing third-party developers to create “extensions” for Muzei that add many more sources to pick wallpapers from. The Google Play Store is quite riddled with them right now, and hence, what follows is a collection of some of the relatively-unknown yet wonderful extensions for Muzei Live Wallpaper for Android. Read More

Coursera & Its Library Of Free Online Video Classes Come To Android

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Whether you’re headed to school, college or university, you will probably be looking for the most effective ways to get ready for your new schedules and courses. If you have an Android device, then you already own an efficient tool to learn with ease and without spending a dime, because Coursera, the world’s most popular online education provider, has released their Android app on the Google Play Store. Coursera for Android has come to Google’s mobile OS three months after it debuted on iOS, and just like its iOS counterpart, the Android variant will let you access and stream course videos anywhere and anytime. Read More

Timehop Brings Its Social Media & Photo Time Machine App To Android

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The great thing about social media services like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram is that you can always go back in time and see what you posted about something on a particular day. It may not sound useful or productive at all, but it feels pretty cool to have instant access to past memories at any time. Of course, you can't possibly remember everything. Timehop aims to ensure you'd never need to. A year ago, the company released an iOS app that lets people ‘go back in the past’ to view their posts on popular social networks for the current day. The far-famed Timehop app has now finally landed on the Google Play Store for Android devices. Read More

How To Root The International Samsung Galaxy S5 (SM-G900F)

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Samsung’s latest flagship in its Galaxy S line, the S5, is one of the hottest smartphones announced this year. If you’re all set to buy the phone as soon as it hits shelves in many markets within weeks, but aren’t sure about whether to make the jump or not due to concerns about having root access on the device, worry no more! XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire has done it again, rooting the international variant of the Galaxy S5 before even its release, just has he has done multiple times in the past with the previous flagships phones. In what follows, we’ll guide you through the process of rooting the S5 (SM-G900F) using his tried and tested CF-Auto-Root method. Read More

Link Bubble For Android Opens In-App Links In The Background Within Floating Pop-ups

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A 2012 study conducted by Google cited that more and more people are beginning to browse the web on their mobile devices. Smartphone and tablet usage has escalated significantly in the past few years, and mobile web browsers have become one of the most frequently used software. Though, they aren't they only way users interact with the web on mobile devices. The new and innovative app Link Bubble from Australian developer Chris Lacy aims to streamline your entire mobile web browsing experience by making it easier to handle web links that you come across in any app. Read More

How To Take Screenshots In Recovery & AROMA On Android

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A lot of Android enthusiasts use custom recoveries such as TWRP and ClockworkMod for flashing ROMs and mods, taking and restoring full device backups, and even managing their files using the full-featured AROMA file manager. And while most users wouldn’t really need to take screenshots in recovery mode, us bloggers, developers of custom recoveries and AROMA-based apps, as well as designers of recovery themes need this functionality often to showcase what they’re reviewing or working on. In what follows, we will guide you through the process of easily taking screenshots of your Android device while it is booted in recovery mode, regardless of what custom recovery it’s running. Read More

Navigation Layer Lets You Perform Countless Actions On Android Using Edge Gestures [Review]

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I’m a huge fan of using gestures instead of buttons for quickly performing several actions on our devices. Nokia got it just right with their version of MeeGo on the amazing N9, but that device was sadly doomed to failure before even its launch due to Nokia’s exclusive Windows Phone deal with Microsoft. Next came Ubuntu Touch with a similar edge gesture-driven interface, which I completely fell in love with when I tried it out for my review. While Android doesn’t natively offer such system-wide edge gestures, we’ve seen third-party apps like Switchr bring this functionality to our favorite mobile OS. Though none of the options we’ve previously seen offer the robust functionality of the app we’re about to take for a spin. Navigation Layer just might be the ultimate edge gesture control solution for Android, offering multiple gestures from the left, right and bottom edges of your screen, each of which can be configured to perform an action of your choice such as OS navigation, music playback control, task management and even launching apps. Read More

Stream Photos From Android To Your TV With Photowall For Chromecast

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The Chromecast dongle has been a massive hit for Google, cemented by the fact that lots of developers are now creating apps for this little streaming gadget. Though, it’s not just its incredible third-party support, the Mountain View based tech firm itself is also fairly active in encouraging development for the device. Fresh out of Mountain View Headquarters is an app for iOS and Android called Photowall for Chromecast, which enables a group of people to beam photos from their Android or iOS devices to a Chromecast-connected TV, letting them view their images on bigger screens. Details to follow. Read More

The Popular KMPlayer Comes To Android & iOS; We Go Hands-On

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When it comes to video players for Windows that have the ability to play just about any format you throw at them, KMPlayer is one of the first names that comes to mind, along with VLC Player. This standalone player comes with built-in codec support for a plethora of video formats without the need for any external codecs, and offers more customization options than you would know what to do with. While Android and iOS both already have many excellent video players available, it never hurts to have more great options at your disposal. If you’re a fan of KMPlayer, you’ll be glad to know that its developers have released it to both Google Play Store and the iTunes App Store for your Android and iOS devices. Join us as we take the Android version of the app for a spin. Read More

Get Google Now Launcher Hotword Detection In Apex, Nova, TouchWiz & Sense

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Upon releasing Android 4.4 KitKat on the Nexus 5, Google decided to ditch the AOSP launcher in favor of its all-new Google Now Launcher, featuring tight integration with Google Now, complete with ‘OK Google’ hotword detection to trigger Google Now voice search right from your home screen without even having to touch your phone. As awesome as this feature is, it’s limited specifically to the Google Now Launcher, and doesn’t work with any other launcher (including the AOSP launcher) even on KitKat. However, if you are using Apex, Nova, Samsung TouchWiz or HTC Sense launchers, you can now get similar voice-activated Google Now voice search capability right on your home screen with Active Searching by XDA-Developers Senior Member sam_0829. Read More

Multitasking For Android Offers Simultaneous, Windowed Use Of Multiple Common Apps

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Multitasking is one of the greatest features on Android. Whether you're switching from one app to the other, or quickly accessing settings and toggles, you have to appreciate the multitasking capabilities of the platform. In case you’re not satisfied with the default implementation, you can always download a wide array of apps from the Play Store to make the process even more intuitive. One such app is Multitasking by OryonCorp, a simple but powerful multitasking solution that takes a page out of desktop operating systems. It basically lets you simultaneously use commonly used apps such as Browser, Calculator, Camera and File Explorer in separate floating windows. Details to follow. Read More

Autodesk Instant: A New Android & iOS Group Messaging App For Offices

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Over the past few years, Autodesk has brought a variety of notably good apps for both Android and iOS, including the famed Pixlr Express, Pixlr-o-matic, AutoCAD 360, Sketchbook Mobile, and a variety of others. Joining the developer’s remarkable arsenal is Autodesk Instant, a group chat client aimed at workplaces and corporate clients, available on both Android and iOS. We’ll take a deeper look at it right after the jump. Read More

Selectively Lock Android Apps In Multiple Ways With Lockdown Pro

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As we are trusting our smartphones more and more with our private data, it is becoming increasingly important to take the necessary measures for keeping that data out of reach of prying eyes. Just a few months ago, we took a look at five great tools for password-protecting apps on Android, but the app that we’re about to take for a spin today has what it takes to give them all a run for their money. Aptly named Lockdown Pro, this awesome app offers basic as well as advanced app locking features for newbies and seasoned users alike, and looks great while at it. Featuring multiple PIN & pattern options, geo-fencing, stealth mode to conceal the app’s very presence, and several great-looking themes for the unlocking screen, this should be a must-have on every Android phone and tablet out there. And best of all, it’s completely free, without even any ads! Read More

Taskei For Android Lets You Automate Popular Muzei Live Wallpaper With Tasker

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Since its release last month, Muzei Live Wallpaper has gained a lot of acclaim from its users for bringing gorgeous wallpapers from different sources to their home screens. Another app that a lot of Android power users love is Tasker, known for its ability to let users automate countless tasks on Android. While Muzei can automatically rotate your wallpaper, how about the ability to do it based on context, action or any condition supported by Tasker? Taskei acts as a bridge between these two apps to let you do just that. Let’s take a look at how that works. Read More

Astrill VPN Offers Secure, Region Restriction-Free Browsing On Android

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The sad truth about the Internet is that many amazing services like Spotify and Hulu are only accessible within a few countries. While folks living in those countries can stream free music or watch their favorite TV shows, those of us who live elsewhere on the planet are left out in the cold. If you’ve been having a hard time coping with online region restriction, then one definitive solution is to use a VPN service. Short for Virtual Private Network, a VPN secures your Internet traffic and enables you to access geo-restricted websites. Astrill VPN is a fairly popular name in this genre, and recently, the company launched an Android app to allow on-the-go access to their VPN service. Read More

Sidebar Launcher Adds A Slide-Out Multitasking Panel To Android

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For a long time, it was a challenge to find decent apps for Android, but as Google continued to refine its open source mobile operating system, we’ve seen a steady flow of high quality apps landing on Google Play. Back in September 2013, I covered Root Uninstaller's Sidebar Plus, which provides swift access to settings like Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, app shortcuts and other important Android features from multiple customizable sidebars. Sidebar Launcher, developed by the same folks who brought us Boat Browser for Android, is another sidebar app aimed to enhance your multitasking experience. The app is well optimized for both smartphones and tablets, offers tons of customization and looks really nice. Read on for more details. Read More

Hands-On With Samsung’s Milk Music Streaming Service For Android

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Compact discs haven’t died yet and the iTunes store will probably live on, but lately the massive popularity of music streaming services such as Spotify, Pandora, iTunes Radio and Rdio have ignited a new interest in audiophiles. The latest to enter the arena is Milk Music by Samsung. It’s available as an Android app on the Google Play Store, aimed at the company’s Galaxy smartphone lineup and only available in the US as of this writing. Milk Music will let you stream from a gargantuan library of 13 million songs and over 200 different radio stations. Read More